20 Wild Facts About Alaska You Wouldn’t Want To Miss

1Bering glacier

Glacial retreats in southern Alaska are leading to an increase in the frequency of earthquakes. The Bering glacier, in particular, is so massive that its weight stabilizes the subduction of the Pacific plate underneath the North American plate.


2Edgecumbe volcano

There was a man so dedicated to April Fools Pranks that in 1974, he flew hundreds of tires into Edgecumbe dormant volcano in Alaska and set them on fire, thereby fooling the local populace, and coast guard into thinking the volcano became active.


3Rechargeable battery

The world's largest rechargeable battery is in Fairbanks, Alaska, weighs 1,400 tons and cost $35 million to build.


4Alaska and Hawaii

Alaska and Hawaii are tied as the US State with the lowest high temperature, at 100°F.


5Balto

Balto, the famous dog from the 1920s who helped save countless lives by delivering precious antitoxin from Anchorage to Nome is stuffed and mounted in the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.


6Alaskan state flag

The Alaskan state flag was designed by a thirteen-year-old (Benny benson) who had won a contest.


7Alaska

In the United States, Alaska is the state that is farthest north, east, and west (due to the fact that the Aleutian Islands cross the 180° meridian of longitude).


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8Giant vegetables

The long summer days in Alaska regularly produce "Giant Vegetables" by August harvest, with produce such as 138lb cabbage and 3 feet long beans setting records at the Alaska State Fair.


9Northwest Alaska

Because of mainland Alaska's one time zone, northwest Alaska experiences two sunsets in one calendar day around August 8th.


10Adak National Forest

The Adak National Forest in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska, is the smallest National Forest in America, with only 33 trees.

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